December 16, 2013
What happens when you take 20 cancer patients whose thoughts are continuously consumed with their illness and give them a makeover? The results are very moving beautiful moments. This comes to us from the France-based mimi foundation (they accept donations, as well including PayPal). 🙂
Although I have no proof, per se, people who are chronically ill are probably being held hostage, at least in part, by the “freezing” component of the fight/flight/freeze response. The freezing part of this survival mechanism can turn ordinarily vibrant, engaged, and vibrant individuals into walking zombies when it constant stress causes our bodies to remain in this “zone” for long periods of time. People are unable to “feel” human and experience joy, as long as there is little hope. Mindfulness can help, and in the moments shown in the video, these people appeared to experience a break in their negative feedback loops. The MBSR program at UMASS has shown that mindfulness can help (here’s a link to Dr. Danny Penman’s book on the subject Mindfulness for Health: A practical guide to relieving pain, reducing stress and restoring well being.
Yours in Mental Hygiene,
The Ancient Brain and Modern Mindfulness